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José Socorro is a Partner with Azoy Socorro, LLP. His practice focuses on labor & employment, business immigration, insurance coverage issues and complex commercial litigation. With over ten years of experience, José has tried cases in state and federal courts, handled appeals in state and federal appellate courts, represented clients before governmental administrative agencies (involving wage, Title VII and immigration matters) and arbitrated cases with the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
José has represented small to large size businesses in various industries including food service, construction, hospitality, retail, software, temporary staffing, technology, hotel and tourism, healthcare, international importation/exportation, Professional Employer Organizations (PEO), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), insurance and banking.
Originally from Staten Island, New York, he attended the State University of New York at Albany where he majored in Political Science, earning a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in International Affairs in 1998. He continued his studies at Seattle University School of Law and the University of Miami where he received a J.D. in 2004. José was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Aside from Florida, José is also admitted to practice in New York State, as well as, the District of Columbia.
José has published articles in various legal and private publications. He co-authored the article, “Got A Minute–How To Conduct Investigations and Avoid the Dreaded Discrimination Law”, for NAPEO’s, PEO Insider, 2013 and served as a contributing author to the article, “Employers Should Make Holiday Parties Memorable For The Right Reasons,” for the Daily Business Review, 2012. José has also authored and conducted various presentations related to ADA, FMLA and Workman’s Compensation Overlaps in 2012, Wage and Hour Compliance Issues in 2011 and Issues Related to Independent Contractors and Intern in 2011.
José is active in the South Florida civic and professional communities, as well. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida from 2009 to 2011. He served as a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Currently, José serves as a member of the legal advisory committee for the National Association of Professional Employer Organization (NAPEO), a position which he has held from 2013 to the present. José is well respected amongst his clients and peers, alike. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese, fluently. Jose was peer-selected to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2013 , 2014, 2015, and 2016 and named one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite® in 2013.